October, October

October is wild.

Living deep in the woods with her Dad, her life and routine evolve around the rhythm of nature. But then something terrible happens and October’s world changes beyond all recognition. Concrete and tower blocks replace the leaves and trees and she can’t breathe anymore. How will she look after the baby owl she rescued? Will she be able to go home? Can she ever love the woman who is her mother?

But other people sometimes dance to a different rhythm. The rhythm of traffic and crowds. It seems that not everyone’s natural habitat is the same, and that’s okay.

October finds that maybe, just maybe, she might be able to learn the steps to this dance too.

October, October by Katya Balen

October, October was an absolutely beautiful book – heartfelt and raw. So full of love that it caused tears to escape down my cheeks on more than one occasion. A story about nature, friendship, family, bravery, survival, understanding the world and being wild in all it’s forms. Sensitive, inspiring and incredibly sensory and poetic. Woven into October’s journey are some powerful messages written with such simple beauty I don’t have the words to do them justice.

I especially loved the references to other children’s fiction, links to history and facts about owls and the natural world – incredibly mastered parallels with Mudlarking and Stig’s journey to rewilding.

A truly gorgeous autumnal read, complimented beautifully by Angela’s stunning illustrations. One of those books that cements my love of children’s fiction and belief in the power of stories. Will be recommending to everyone.

Illustrated by Angela Harding

I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review, so thanks goes to them, Bloomsbury Children’s Books and the wonderful author, Katya Balen.

October, October is out now in hardback 🙂

Meg Readz xx

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